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Issue Statements

1. ASSISTANCE TO THE POOR.  Funding in Maryland’s budget should be maintained, and when necessary, increased to provide low-income residents access to basic necessities, such as food, housing, and healthcare. 

2. ABORTION. Maryland is one of four States to voluntarily direct state Medicaid funds to pay for all or most medically necessary abortions. The Maryland General Assembly should pass legislation to restrict the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion.

3. IMMIGRATION. Maryland should prioritize protecting family unity by passing legislation that, except for cases involving individuals with serious criminal records, limits the participation of local law agencies in federal immigration enforcement efforts.

4. K-12 EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS. The State of Maryland should continue to expand existing funding to provide scholarships for low-income students who wish to attend the K-12 nonpublic school best suited for their educational needs.  

5. PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE BAN. In 1999, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation making it a felony for an individual to assist in another individual’s suicide.  Maryland should uphold the law in its current form and reject legislation to legalize the practice of physician-assisted suicide.

Candidate Survey 2018: Governor

Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the state’s candidates for Maryland Governor about their positions regarding issues of interest to Catholics. The responses of the Democratic and Republican primary candidates are below. The candidates were asked to either “Agree” or “Disagree” with a list of issue statements (see left side of this page). "Did Not Respond" to a statement means the candidate did not choose a position on that issue. Candidates were also given the opportunity to provide a brief statement at the end of the survey on why Maryland Catholics should vote for them. 

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Party
Last Name
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Ben Jealous (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Larry Hogan (R) (*)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Key

Candidate information abreviation meaning listed below.

R = Republican
D = Democrat

(*) = Incumbent

✔ = Agree
X = Disagree